You say you want more “Revolution?”…
Producer Eric Kripke and star Elizabeth Mitchell participated in a conference call March 13 with reporters, discussing the show’s return March 25.
“The show’s better because we took a break,” Kripke said.
When asked if her character Rachel will be involved in more physical action, Mitchell said she will, and that her “father will be thrilled,” because that’s the kind of stuff he likes to watch the most, and that his favorite actress is Linda Hamilton (“Terminator”). She also said she’s campaigning hard to be a Jedi in the new “Star Wars” films, which J.J. Abrams (who she also worked with on “Lost”) is directing.
When I asked if the show could be seen as a cautionary tale of sorts, Kripke said, “Yes it is. I think we as a culture really over-reliant on technology. It used to be a convenience, and now it’s a necessity. We are dangerously separated from our food and water supplies… Very few of us would know what to really do, and how to find your children and provide the necessities for survival. The show hopefully makes a few people think about that.
“It’s an interesting age we’re living in now. We’ve never been more connected, and at the same time never felt more alone. Everyone is basically plugged into the first-generation matrix… I’m as guilty as anyone (of not connecting with the people directly near you).
“Human connection in the absence of technology probably would flourish. If we can make people unplug from their smartphones for a minute, and connect with their family and fight for your family, that’s the best possible outcome. But that’s all highfalutin douchebag shit to say; mostly I hope people just enjoy the characters and the swordfights.”
Kripke discussed the blackout and what will be revealed about it.
“In episode 13 [which airs April 8] Rachel reveals pretty much every single thing there is to know about why the blackout happened. Every time I watch that scene it's like- wow, we're just saying it. It goes against many of your baked-in showrunner instincts, not to have a single scene that reveals everything in three minutes."
He said executive producer Jon Favreau was hanging out in the writer’s room, and when he heard the dilemma about why wouldn’t she tell them, Favreau said she would, so tell them!
“For me, the story was never about what caused the blackout,” Kripke said. “It’s not just based on one particular mystery – it’s based on these characters, and this world that the characters have these adventures in.”
Kripke also dished on what was upcoming, though he wants to keep one secret until the episode airs.
"The final moments of episode 11 are such an insane neck-snapper of a twist," Kripke said, teasing a pivotal scene involving Rachel. "It's so awful and wonderful and you can't believe you're watching it. There's tears and there's knives. It's just awesome."
“Revolutions” returns March 25 at 10 p.m. on NBC.